Climbing spot of Le Pont du Prêtre


For a climb at the antipodes of current guns, the slabs of schist of the priest's bridge offer a fairly wide variety of grips: crimps of course, but also flat + or - inclined, sometimes formidable bosses and even cracks.

Approach walk : 5 to 10min
Level of routes : from 5a to 6c
Track height : from 10 to 31m
Number of channels : 48
Number of sector s: 1
Orientation : west
Type of rock : schist
Climbing style : slabs
Favorable period : spring - autumn

Additional Info :
The schist, a soft rock that comes from the bottom of the sea (fossils) bedded in layers and straightened for our happiness by the uplift of the Alps, has undergone a fairly recent glacial polish at the Priest's bridge which has sculpted it into wavelets and has inspired many channel names.
Apart from the very first routes at the entrance to the site which have a "hiking" section followed by bouldering, most routes are fairly homogeneous, even continuous on the feet.

Equipment well installed : sealed pins and chains thanks to the joint support of the FFME and the municipality of Valbonnais. Helmet recommended, especially on windy days.


Free access.

Opening date

From 01/03 to 31/10.


Access: from La Mure, follow 10 km towards Valbonnais, the Col d'Ornon. Shortly before Valbonnais, on the D526, pass the old station and park near the Pont du Prêtre.

Approach walk: Cross the road (watch out for cars), follow the road and then join the path that goes up a steep bank before winding its way between the remains of the arches in the cement works. After 5 minutes you will get to the cliff, which can only be seen when you arrive just below it.

  • Latitude: 44.893889
  • Longitude: 5.872000